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FINCH

"Life-Affirming Science Fiction Drama"

What You Need To Know:

FINCH stars Tom Hanks in a heartfelt, life-affirming science fiction drama on Apple TV+. Hanks plays Finch, a dying scientist in an apocalyptic, sun damaged America who builds a walking robot to take care of his dog when he dies. When a huge superstorm is scheduled to hit St. Louis for two weeks, Finch decides to take his special RV west toward San Francisco before it does. On the journey, Finch, the robot and the dog must survive storms, potential scavengers and intense UV rays of the sun, which can fry a man’s skin to a crisp in seconds.

FINCH is funny, dramatic, touching, and will bring you to tears. Tom Hanks is wonderful in the title role. He delivers one of his finest performances. Caleb Landry Jones is fantastic as the robot’s voice. Even the dog turns in a great performance. Finch sometimes gets really mad at the robot when it makes potentially deadly mistakes, but his kindness ultimately shines forth. There is some brief foul language and scary scenes of jeopardy in FINCH; so, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.

Content:

(BB, L, V, A, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview celebrates kindness and the little joys of life

Foul Language:
Seven or eight obscenities (including a few “s” words and a couple “d” and “h” words) and one Jesus profanity that’s also said in a prayerful appeal manner

Violence:
Light, sometimes intense and sometimes funny violence such as walking robot with legs falls down a few times, little robot gets stuck and falls apart, characters hide in RV and get knocked around while a large tornado lifts the RV, and the RV falls down, a large dust storm overtakes a man and a small robot, solar panels on top of RV get wrecked when the vehicle’s top scrapes the bottom of an overpass road, a mysterious vehicle chases the RV one night, man shows robot how the sun can burn a person’s hand if you don’t stay in the shade, and man coughs up blood several times, staining a white coat he dons in one scene

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
Man drinks whiskey from a bottle he finds

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Man gets angry at robot a couple times when it makes mistakes that could get him and his dog killed, and man angrily tells robot to shut up a few times.

More Detail:

FINCH is a heartfelt science fiction drama on Apple TV+ about a dying scientist in an apocalyptic, sun damaged America who builds a walking robot to take care of his dog when he dies. Starring Tom Hanks as the scientist, FINCH is funny, dramatic, touching, and will bring you to tears. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for some brief foul language and intense jeopardy.

Most people have died in the wake of a massive solar flare that hit the Earth. However, Finch was working at his scientific facility in St Louis when the flare hit. Finch has a little robot on wheels to help him scavenge. However, Finch is slowly dying from solar radiation. So, he builds a walking robot to take care of his beloved dog when he dies.

When a huge superstorm is scheduled to hit St. Louis for two weeks, Finch decides to take his special RV west toward San Francisco before it does. On the journey, Finch, the robot and the dog must survive storms, potential scavengers and the intense UV rays of the sun, which can fry a man’s skin to a crisp in seconds. The new robot decides to call itself Jeff. Finch tries to teach Jeff how to help them survive in the dangerous new world. However, Jeff is like a child, and one mistake can destroy them all.

FINCH is funny, dramatic, touching, and will bring you to tears. Tom Hanks is wonderful in the title role. He delivers one of his finest performances here. Caleb Landry Jones is fantastic as the robot’s voice. Even the dog turns in a great performance. The filmmakers deserve kudos for making the robot’s movements so expressive. Finch sometimes gets really mad at the robot when it makes potentially deadly mistakes, but his kindness ultimately shines forth.

Ultimately, therefore, FINCH has a strong moral worldview that celebrates kindness and the little joys of life. It’s a life-affirming movie. FINCH has some brief foul language and scary scenes of jeopardy, however. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.